• 45 Rhode Island Students Awarded Pell Medal for Excellence in U.S. History.

    Newport, R.I. — Forty-five students from across Rhode Island have earned the Herbert and Claiborne Pell Medal for U.S. History this year. The award was originally presented by Senator Claiborne Pell and his wife, Mrs. Nuala Pell, recognizes college and high school students in the state who have excelled in U.S. History.

    “The Pell Center at Salve Regina University is proud to honor outstanding students of American history in Rhode Island,” said Pell Center Executive Director, Dr. Jim Ludes. “Now more than ever, we need to look at history with clear eyes and understanding about our republic, its founding principles, and those examples of both when we lived up to those ideals, and when we have not.”

    Established by the Pell family, the Pell Medal is named for Representative Herbert C. Pell and his son, Senator Claiborne Pell. Herbert Pell served as a member of Congress and American Minister to Portugal and Hungary, while Claiborne Pell, who is responsible for the creation of the Pell Grants and the National Endowment for the Humanities, served in the Senate for 36 years and worked to strengthen American foreign policy. The medal, which features a pelican on the left side and an anchor on the right, symbolizes the Pell family and the state of Rhode Island. 

    The winners of the 2020 Herbert and Claiborne Pell Medal for excellence in the study of U.S. History are:

    Barrington    

    Lorelei Alverson, Barrington High School

    Ethan Ciak, St. Andrew’s School

    Bristol

    Robert O’Dell, Roger Williams University

    Central Falls

    Lorraine Quintero, Central Falls High School

    Coventry       

    Alexander Lavoie, Coventry High School

    Cranston       

    Maura Potter, Cranston High School East

    Cumberland 

    John Ayick, Cumberland High School

    East Greenwich        

    Jordan Kalinsky, East Greenwich High School

    East Providence       

    Jacob Rivet, Providence Country Day School

    Alexis Silva, East Providence High School

    Harrisville    

    Hannah Eaton, Burrillville High School

    Johnston       

    Madisyn Turcotte, Johnston Senior High School

    Kingston       

    Cameron W. Garvey, University of Rhode Island

    Lincoln          

    Alec Buffi, Community College of Rhode Island

    Nathan Surmeian, Lincoln High School

    Nicholas Croce, William M. Davies, Jr. Career and Technical High School

    Narragansett

    Alison McCadden, Narragansett High School

    Newport

    Cailin Martin, Rogers High School

    North Kingstown     

    Alaina Minarik, North Kingstown High School

    North Providence     

    Nicholas Barrow, North Providence High School

    Pawtucket     

    Erick Luciano, Blackstone Academy Charter School

    Pawtucket     

    Enrique Echervarria, William E. Tolman High School

    Daniel Soares, Shea High School

    Portsmouth   

    Ava Park, Portsmouth Abbey School

    Providence    

    Christopher Azar, La Salle Academy

    Amarylis Cruz, Paul Cuffee Upper School

    Nicholas Dwyer, Rhode Island College

    Grace Jordan, Classical High School

    Rachel Lynch, Providence College

    Leah Marchant, Rhode Island School of Design

    Dewa Putra, Central High School

    Xander Schenck, School One

    Kobii Spruill, Lincoln School

    Leah Tabor, Scituate High School

    Smithfield     

    Connor Henderson, Bryant University

    Tiverton        

    Angelin Santerre, Tiverton High School

    Warwick       

    Charlotte Frost, Pilgrim High School

    Michael Graves, Toll Gate High School

    Noah Sullivan, Bishop Hendricken High School

    West Warwick          

    Grant Black, West Warwick High School

    Westerly

    Sean Rafferty, Westerly High School

    Wood River Junction          

    Andrew Poirier, Chariho High School

    Woonsocket

    Ajiehume Ceesay, Woonsocket High School

    Crickett Fisher, Beacon Charter High School for the Arts

    Everett Misto, Mount Saint Charles Academy

  • Race and the NFL with Ken Belson

    Air Dates: July 6-12, 2020

    Sports play a giant role in American public life—and their absence has been a much-discussed part of the pandemic.  Ken Belson covers the National Football League for The New York Times

    Belson writes about teams, stadiums, medical issues, lawsuits and more in his coverage of the National Football League (NFL) for The Times.  Mr. Belson joined the Sports section in 2009 after spending three years writing for the Metro and Business sections.  From 2001 to 2004, he wrote about business in Japan while working in The New York Times’ Tokyo bureau.  Prior to joining The Times, Belson wrote for Bloomberg, Reuters and Business Week, all in Tokyo, and many other publications as a freelancer.  He is the co-author of “Hello Kitty: The Remarkable Story of Sanrio and the Billion Dollar Feline Phenomenon.”  He attended Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism on a Japan-America Friendship Commission Fellowship and won the Pulitzer Traveling Scholarship, which he used to travel to the Cook Islands to write about the effects of bankruptcy on a country.

    On this episode of “Story in the Public Square,” Belson discusses race in the NFL, saying Roger Goodell’s statement in response to George Floyd’s murder was intended to set the tone for team owners to do the same.  He said many in the league, including head coaches, are “baring their souls in ways that were not [previously] the typical NFL, tough exterior, manly message that you often get,” saying recent events have prompted extensive “soul searching by some of the most powerful people in the league.”

    “Story in the Public Square” broadcasts each week on public television stations across the United States. A full listing of the national television distribution is available at this link. In Rhode Island and southeastern New England, the show is broadcast on Rhode Island PBS on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs 8:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 4:30 a.m. & 11:30 p.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124. “Story in the Public Square” is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate and tell stories that matter.

  • The Future of Defense and Technology with P. W. Singer and August Cole

    Air Dates: June 29-July 5, 2020

    A treatise on the future of technology and security usually is thick and often inaccessible, but P.W. Singer and August Cole turn their expertise on emerging technology and national security into a page-turning techno-thriller set in the not-too-distant future. 

    August Cole and Dr. Peter W. Singer are co-authors of the best-seller “Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War” and “Burn In: A Novel of the Real Robot Revolution.”  Cole is an author exploring the future of conflict through fiction and has reported on defense for The Wall Street Journal and MarketWatch.com among others.  He is a non-resident senior fellow at the Brent Scowcroft Center on Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council, where he directed the Art of the Future Project, which explores creative and narrative works for insight into the future of conflict, from its inception in 2014 through 2017.  Cole works on creative futures at SparkCognition, an artificial intelligence company and is a regular speaker to private sector, academic and U.S. and allied government audiences.

    Singer is a strategist at New America.  He has been named by the Smithsonian as one of the nation’s 100 leading innovators, by Defense News as one of the 100 most influential people in defense issues, by Foreign Policy to their Top 100 Global Thinkers List, and as an official “Mad Scientist” for the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command.  Singer is the author of multiple best-selling, award winning books in both fiction and nonfiction, including “Wired for War.”  Singer is considered one of the world’s leading experts on changes in 21st-century warfare, with more books on the military professional reading lists than any other author in history.  He served as coordinator of the Obama campaign’s defense policy task force and was named to the U.S. Military’s Transformation Advisory Group, NATO’s Innovation Advisory Board.  In addition to his work on conflict issues, Singer served as a member of the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy and as an advisor to IDS.

    On this episode of “Story in the Public Square,” Singer and Cole discuss what it means to live “through a new kind of industrial revolution,” as technology progresses in future years, saying by 2030, much of the disruptive and innovative technologies as they often are, will be fairly seamless and invisible.”  While Singer said their new book, “Burn In” addresses the darker side of the technological revolution, he emphasized the potential positives, describing how algorithms based on individual preferences can enhance everyday life.

    “Story in the Public Square” broadcasts each week on public television stations across the United States. A full listing of the national television distribution is available at this link. In Rhode Island and southeastern New England, the show is broadcast on Rhode Island PBS on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs 8:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 4:30 a.m. & 11:30 p.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124. “Story in the Public Square” is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate and tell stories that matter.

  • Modern Fables with Karey Kirkpatrick

    Air Dates: June 22-28, 2020

    Fables are ancient tools for delivering big lessons to human audiences.  In his work, Karey Kirkpatrick applies modern story-telling technology to this ancient tradition. 

    Kirkpatrick is a writer, director, composer and lyricist whose films include “Chicken Run,” “Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” “James and the Giant Peach,” “Over the Hedge” “Charlotte’s Web,” and the 2018 animated musical “Smallfoot” among others.  He and his brother, Wayne Kirkpatrick, were nominated for a 2015 Tony Award for Best Original Score for “Something Rotten!”  This was just one of many honors for Kirkpatrick, who has won four Annie Awards for television and movie animation.  He has also won a Saturn Award, a Hugo Award, and a Cannes Film Festival Award, among others.  He directed the computer-animated feature films “Over the Hedge” and “Smallfoot,” from Warner Bros., and co-wrote the story and screenplay, and his brother Wayne, wrote the songs. “Smallfoot” featured the voices of Channing Tatum, Zendaya, James Corden, LeBron James, and Danny DeVito among others.

    On this episode of “Story in the Public Square,” Kirkpatrick describes drawing inspiration for his work from events taking place around him. As a creator, he said, “whatever world you’re living in, living in and [whatever is] going on in the world, it’s impossible for you to not have feelings and thoughts about them. And it’s almost impossible for them to not kind of leak in to whatever it is that you’re creating.”

    “Story in the Public Square” broadcasts each week on public television stations across the United States. A full listing of the national television distribution is available at this link. In Rhode Island and southeastern New England, the show is broadcast on Rhode Island PBS on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs 8:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 4:30 a.m. & 11:30 p.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124. “Story in the Public Square” is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate and tell stories that matter.

  • Stories With Social Impact with Mary Rohlich

    Air Dates: June 15-21, 2020

    This show is built on the power of storytelling to change the world. Mary Rohlich has built her career telling stories that matter, whether in documentaries, feature films, or on television.

    Rohlich is an independent film, television and documentary producer.  She is currently an executive producer on the Netflix series “Atypical,” which was renewed for a fourth and final season this year.  She has produced several television pilots and series including “The Good Doctor” as co-executive producer, “Sneaky Pete” as producer, “The Goldbergs” as co-producer, and “Breaking In” as co-producer.  Rohlich worked with director Seth Gordon on “Four Christmases” as associate producer.  With Gordon, she co-produced the hit comedies, “Horrible Bosses,” “Identity Thief,” and was an executive producer on “Baywatch.”  She has also produced several notable documentary features including “Gleason,” which was shortlisted for an Academy Award in 2017, “Wrestle,” “Bill Nye: Science Guy,” “Finders Keepers,” among others.  Rohlich also serves on the board of Vidiots, a non-profit film organization, and was named one of the Hollywood Reporter’s “Next Gen 35 under 35” industry up-and-comers in 2016.

    On this episode of “Story in the Public Square,” Rohlic describes her current project, “Atypical,” which follows the story of a young man diagnosed with Autism spectrum disorder.  She attributes its success and to its capacity to connect with people who haven’t seen their story represented on television before.  She says, “I want to tell stories that have heart.”

    “Story in the Public Square” broadcasts each week on public television stations across the United States. A full listing of the national television distribution is available at this link. In Rhode Island and southeastern New England, the show is broadcast on Rhode Island PBS on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs 8:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 4:30 a.m. & 11:30 p.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124. “Story in the Public Square” is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate and tell stories that matter.

  • Coronavirus: On the Front Lines with Daniela Lamas

    Two months ago, production of Story in the Public Square was stopped when our state governor issued a stay at home order.  Like most of the rest of the country, we’ve watched the days pass.  While we stayed home, Dr. Daniela Lamas kept going to work as a pulmonary specialist on the front lines of the pandemic. 

    Lamas is a pulmonary and critical-care doctor at Boston’s Brigham & Women’s Hospital and a faculty member at Harvard Medical School.  Following graduation from Harvard College, she went on to earn her medical degree at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, where she also completed internship and residency.  She then returned to Boston for her subspecialty fellowship.  She has been a medical reporter at the Miami Herald and her essays frequently appear in the New York Times, including her most recent from the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.  

    On this episode of “Story in the Public Square,” Lamas describes how the coronavirus has changed her practice of medicine.  She hopes first-hand accounts like hers can enhance and shift public understanding of our current situation. She says the stories we have are so powerful because they are so few. They are “change agents” that spark questions that lead to meaningful change.

    “Story in the Public Square” broadcasts each week on public television stations across the United States. A full listing of the national television distribution is available at this link. In Rhode Island and southeastern New England, the show is broadcast on Rhode Island PBS on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs 8:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 4:30 a.m. & 11:30 p.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124. “Story in the Public Square” is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate and tell stories that matter.

  • “Story in the Public Square” will Debut Fifth National Season on Public Television July 6, 2020

    NEWPORT, R.I. – The four-time Telly Award-winning series “Story in the Public Square” will continue to be broadcast across the United States with the debut of its fifth national season beginning July 6, 2020, the show announced. The show has been in production since January 2017 on SiriusXM Satellite Radio and in southeastern New England from its flagship TV station, Rhode Island PBS.  “Story in the Public Square” is currently seen in more than 80% of the nation’s television markets.

    Hosted by Jim Ludes, Executive Director of the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University, and G. Wayne Miller, Staff Writer at The Providence Journal, “Story in the Public Square” is a weekly 30-minute public television program that tries to make sense of the stories shaping public life in the United States and abroad.

    A partnership of the Pell Center and The Providence Journal, the program provides insights and perspectives into culture, politics and current national and international events from diverse storytellers of every variety and in any media—from acclaimed journalists, filmmakers, authors, photographers, scholars, activists, historians, musicians and more.

    “The disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic challenges all of us to think creatively about how we work,” said Ludes.  “In the weeks and months that make up Season 5, we expect to explore stories from the pandemic, the protests sweeping the United States this summer, as well as the crescendo and aftermath of the 2020 election, and the narratives that spawns,” he continued.  “And we’re going to make sure we laugh a little bit along the way—because that’s important, too.”

    “Our guests are the secret to the success of “Story in the Public Square,” said Miller. “In the upcoming season, we’ll widen our reach and include more talented storytellers from the entertainment industry, as well as the top scholars, journalists, and visual artists who have been the mainstay of the show.”

    The season will feature 26 new episodes.

    “Story in the Public Square” provides audiences the opportunity to hear compelling stories, and learn the story behind the stories in an accessible format where the hosts listen rather than lecture. The program offers a refreshing alternative to the standard news and public-affairs offerings. The show is produced by the Pell Center at Salve Regina University and presented by Rhode Island PBS via NETA, the National Educational Telecommunications Association.

    The audio version of the series is broadcast multiple times each weekend on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States) channel. “Story in the Public Square” won Telly Awards for excellence in general politics/commentary in 2018, 2019, and 2020. 

    Story in the Public Square:

    On the Web: https://pellcenter.org/story-in-the-public-square/

    On Twitter: @pubstory

    On Facebook: www.facebook.com/StoryInThePublicSquare/

  • The Power of Story Through Poetry with Maggie Smith

    Rebroadcast Dates: June 1-7, 2020

    Air Dates: July 22-28, 2019

    Poems provide readers with frames of reference, a lens through which to see the world. Maggie Smith shares the inspiration, personal experience, and context behind her award-winning poems, including her most-recent collection, “Good Bones,” which was published to critical acclaim. 

    Smith is the author of three books of poetry: “Good Bones,” “The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison” and “Lamp of the Body.” Her poems are widely published and anthologized, appearing in many publications, including: Best American Poetry, the New York Times, Tin House, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review. In 2016 her poem “Good Bones” went viral internationally and has been translated into nearly a dozen languages. Public Radio International called it “the official poem of 2016.”

    Smith says the essence of her poem, “Good Bones,” describes the good that can be found in the midst of darkness, which has contributed to its popularity during times of great foreign and domestic tragedy. She says the poem has become a “disaster barometer,” attributing the spikes of engagement with the poem “to the hopefulness that’s in it, people in the midst of those tragedies were saying, there’s still something good here.”

    Of “Good Bones,” poet D.A. Powell says, “Smith’s poems affirm the virtues of humanity: compassion, empathy, and the ability to comfort one another when darkness falls. ‘There is a light,’ she tells us, ‘and the light is good.’”

    “Story in the Public Square” broadcasts each week on public television stations across the United States. A full listing of the national television distribution is available at this link. In Rhode Island and southeastern New England, the show is broadcast on Rhode Island PBS on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs 8:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 4:30 a.m. & 11:30 p.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124. “Story in the Public Square” is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate and tell stories that matter.

  • “Story in the Public Square” Scores Two Wins in 41st Annual Telly Awards

    NEWPORT, RI – “Story in the Public Square” has been awarded both silver and bronze awards for Best Political/Commentary in Television for the 41st Annual Telly Awards. This is the third consecutive year with a Telly Award win for the show.

    The Telly Awards honor excellence in video and television across all screens as judged by leaders from video platforms, television and streaming networks, agencies, and production companies including Vice, Vimeo, Hearst Digital Media, BuzzFeed, and A&E Network.  “Story in the Public Square” was honored with a Silver award for its 2019 episode featuring Daniel Okrent, prize-winning author of “The Guarded Gate” on the remarkable history of the bigotry that lay at the heart of the Immigration Act of 1924.  “Story in the Public Square” also won a Bronze for its 2019 episode with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, author of “What the Eyes Don’t See,” a memoir of her role in exposing the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.  “Story in the Public Square” is an initiative to study, celebrate, and tell stories that matter.  Hosts Jim Ludes from the Pell Center at Salve Regina University and G. Wayne Miller of The Providence Journal sit down each week with authors, scholars, and storytellers of all kinds to make sense of the narratives shaping public life in the United States.

    In announcing this year’s awards, Sabrina Dridje, Managing Director of the Telly Awards, said, “Undoubtedly, this has been an unprecedented season for our entire industry. The global impact of COVID-19 has shaken the film, video, and television industries in ways we could not have imagined.  Every year since the inaugural Telly Awards in 1979, Telly Winners have reflected the top tier of our industry, and this year, even more so,” continued Dridje.  “We are truly thrilled to recognize ’Story in the Public Square’ as a standard bearer of television excellence.”

    “We are so grateful to the Telly Awards for this recognition.  From the beginning, we have known that this show works because of our guests—gifted, generous story tellers who share their remarkable talents with our audience each week,” said Ludes who also serves as Executive Director of the Pell Center at Salve Regina University.  “They and our incredible crew are the reason the Telly Awards recognized ‘Story in the Public Square,’ and we are grateful.”

    “I join Jim in thanking our entire staff, our wonderful Rhode Island PBS crew, our many amazing guests, our partner “The Providence Journal,” and our public television and SiriusXM Radio audiences,” said Miller.  “A very high standard has been set for a show that began with nothing but conversations Jim and I had a few years ago, and we will do all we can to keep meeting it.”

    The show was honored in the 40th Annual Telly Awards with a Bronze in the same category for its 2018 episode on the death penalty featuring Sr. Helen Prejean, the author of “Dead Man Walking” and in the 39th Annual Telly Awards with a Bronze for its 2017 end of year special featuring Dr. Evelyn Farkas.

    “Story in the Public Square” airs on over 300 public television stations across the United States in 488 broadcasts each week.  Locally, the show can be seen on Rhode Island PBS on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. ET, and Sundays at 4:30 a.m. 11:30 p.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124. “Story in the Public Square” is a partnership between the Pell Center at Salve Regina University and The Providence Journal.

    Today’s winners announcement caps a year-long celebration of creators around the globe and across all screens. Continuing on from the inaugural Film & Video Screening Tour last season, The Telly Awards toured a selection of Telly Award winning work to London, NYC, Amsterdam and Toronto, culminating with an online event. This year also saw the continued expansion of new categories further to the awards’ recent initiative to rebuild the honors for the multi-screen era. New categories included serialized Branded Content and expanded Social Video and Immersive & Mixed Reality categories, alongside new categories honoring important work in Social Impact and Diversity & Inclusion.

    Last year, The Telly Awards attracted more than 12,000 entries from top video content producers including Adult Swim, the BBC, Condé Nast, Complex Networks, Netflix, Refinery29, RadicalMedia, T Brand Studio and Ogilvy & Mather.  The Telly Awards were founded in 1979 to honor excellence in local, regional and cable television commercials with non-broadcast video and television programming added soon after. With the recent evolution and rise of digital video (web series, VR, 360 and beyond), the Telly Awards today also reflects and celebrates this exciting new era of the moving image on and offline.

    The full list of the 41st Annual Telly Awards winners can be found here.

  • Disinformation and Russian Intelligence with Michael Isikoff

    Rebroadcast Dates: May 25-31, 2020

    Original Air Dates: October 14-20, 2019

    In the early morning hours of July 10, 2016, a young staffer for the Democratic National Committee was murdered as he walked home from a bar.  Without any real evidence, Seth Rich’s death became a focal point for efforts to debunk the story that Russia hacked the DNC to help Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.  Michael Isikoff, however, tells us that the conspiracy theories around Seth Rich’s murder have a remarkable origin: Russian intelligence. 

    Isikoff is an investigative journalist who is currently the Chief Investigative Correspondent at Yahoo News.  He is also the co-author with of the 2018 book, “Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump.”  Isikoff previously served as the national investigative correspondent for NBC News and Newsweek, writing extensively on the U.S. government’s War on Terrorism, the Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse, campaign finance, presidential politics, and other national issues.

    On this episode of “Story in the Public Square,” Isikoff discusses the divisive issues Russia seeks to perpetuate.  He cites the ideological “silos” social media creates as one of the key factors in the disinformation equation, saying, “it is hard to overstate how insidious this sort of thing is, because disinformation in the social media age is now the ‘way we do business.’”  Isikoff emphasizes how difficult discussions about serious issues facing the country can be when everyone remains in their own silo.

    “Story in the Public Square” broadcasts each week on public television stations across the United States. A full listing of the national television distribution is available at this link. In Rhode Island and southeastern New England, the show is broadcast on Rhode Island PBS on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs 8:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 4:30 a.m. & 11:30 p.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124. “Story in the Public Square” is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate and tell stories that matter.